Safety DeShon Elliott was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 190th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. Elliott is the first Longhorn safety to be drafted since Mykkele Thompson went in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
AUSTIN — Texas held its Pro Day between practice days on Wednesday, meaning that head coach Tom Herman had an opportunity to watch players he was able to coach for just one season give the physical portion of their job interviews with NFL teams
Dallas-area trainer Clay Mack has worked with some big names, preparing them for the NFL Combine, pro-day, and in the offseason. Some of his professional clients include the Jets’ Jamal Adams, the Eagles’ Jalen Mills, and the Saints’ Marshon Lattimore. In addition, he works with plenty of high school athletes helping improve their skills, agility, and technique.
Since the Texas Tech loss, the UT staff has been busy hitting the recruiting trail and preparing the team for the Texas Bowl. Herman has been busy evaluating the program and also re-interviewing his entire staff. It's not unusual for a head coach to do performance reviews, but that's normally after the season, not in mid-December. The timing is peculiar given all Texas has on its plate, including trying to gather as many signatures as it can before NSD1.
The Longhorn safety and Thorpe Award Finalist stuffed the 2017 stat sheet this year with 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 9 pass breakups and 3 forced fumbles. He has elected to sit out the bowl game. Like several of his Longhorn defensive peers, he took a significant leap under the tutelage of Todd Orlando and this defensive staff and a player that enticed Longhorn fans as a freshman and sophomore came through with a big third year campaign.
The Longhorns dominated a respectable Bear offense and held Baylor to their season lows in points (7) and yardage (249). The defense continues to excel on 3rd and 4th down holding the Bears to 1/9 conversions in the first half and 5/23 total for the game. It's hard to win with a 21.7% conversion rate if you're not hitting big plays.
Today the Texas defense shut down the Baylor offense regardless of who was leading it. The UT offense, led by sophomore QB Shane Buechele, was able to put up 31 points on their own to support the defense. Junior and Thorpe Award semi-finalist DeShon Elliott added six points on his own on an interception, and Texas cruised past Baylor in Waco, 38-7.
The new additions and renovations to the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center astounded both players and media when they were finally revealed to the team before the season. The flat screen-adorned and ventilation-laden lockers were the talk of the college football world, only to be somewhat lampooned a short time later following an embarrassing opening week loss to Maryland.
LOS ANGELES -- It was almost déjà vu. Texas came into California as an underdog to the mighty USC Trojans, and despite a ton of mistakes and some home cooking, almost pulled off the improbable behind a stellar defensive performance and true freshman QB who found his swagger in the 2nd half. Still, the No. 4 Trojans forced overtime with no time remaining and triumphed in double overtime over the Horns, 27-24, on a Chase McGrath 43-yard FG at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.